High school rock band plays Christchurch Town Hall for first time since earthquakes

The first performance at Christchurch Town Hall since the 2011 earthquakes has taken place amid construction workers repairing the building for its official opening next year.

The music was provided by Christ's College rock band who silenced the relentless construction noise that has been a fixture of the building for two years now.

But the Christ's College musicians were not fazed by their makeshift surroundings.

"I actually loved the sound, the acoustics are going well," one student trombonist said.

The price tag for the repairs is over $130 million, with the main focus on reinforcing the land beneath the protected Town Hall building.

"We're going to create new memories here. A new generation of people are going to create their own memories," Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel said.

Since the massive repair project began two years ago, 120 contractors working 10 hour shifts have been committed to getting the building back to its former self.

"I feel this buildings intrinsically linked to my life, and it's quite emotional actually quite emotional listening to that band and realising why I'm here,"  Project Director Patrick Cantillon said.

Although the repair project still has another year to go. Source: 1 NEWS

Legendary broadcaster Merv Smith of ZB breakfast fame dies

Legendary radio broadcaster Merv Smith has died.

Newstalk ZB reports Smith dominated breakfast airwaves at 1ZB from 1961 until Paul Holmes started the Newstalk format in 1987.

Former colleague Barry Holland said Smith was the first of the big personalities.

"My endearing memory of him was his humour and his timing. He was just so funny and so natural within himself, and so humble."

Holland said the new Newstalk format "just wasn't his sort of radio". 

"He thought that's the time to go and went and started up a country music radio station that came out of Albany."

After he retired from radio he followed his passion of trains, and ran Merv Smith Hobbies in Newmarket.

He was in his mid-80s.

Merv Smith and McHairy the spider who featured on the breakfast show. Source: rnz.co.nz


Watch: 'Show them who's boss' - AUT student's sassy graduation video goes viral

Graduation ceremonies are known for their pomp, their ceremony and their gravitas.

Unless you're Eteroa Lafoele, that is, then it's a slay fest.

Dancing and strutting her way across the stage, her AUT graduation video has gone viral.

Eteroa told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp about the moment inspiration hit.

"It was very dead, but I had a moment. I spent 30k on this piece of paper and mum and dad were in the audience, so I thought I'd just let loose.

"Show them who's boss," she said.

Her 23 seconds of stage time won't soon be forgotten. Eteroa says there are plenty of opportunities in life to "own it".

"Owning it, slaying it. Life only comes once. Take 20 secs of life to appreciate it, cos it's amazing."

With her computer science degree in hand, she is now ready to own the software development industry.

Seven Sharp’s Carolyn Robinson spoke with Eteroa Lafoele. Source: Seven Sharp


Mince recalled from an Auckland Pak'nSave after employee's mobile phone falls into mincer unnoticed

Pak'nSave Glen Innes, in Auckland, has been forceed to recall some of its mince meat due to a staff member's mobile phone falling into it unnoticed.

A Foodstuffs spokesperson told the NZ Herald that contrary to the store's approved protocols, one of its worker's had a mobile phone in the production area and it fell into the mincer without anyone noticing.

"The team responsible will be retrained to ensure that such an event does not occur in the future," the spokesperson said.

NZ Herald reports that consumers who bought beef and prime beef mince with a best before date of September 25, 2018 or were served over the counter minced meats with the best before of September 24, 2018 should not eat the products.

Customers can return the meat for a full refund.

The recall is only for mince bought from the Pak'nSave Glen Innes branch on Apirana Ave.

Source: 1 NEWS

TB in New Zealand 'is a disease of Māori and migrants'

Māori are eight times more likely to get tuberculosis than Pākehā.

New Zealand has low overall rates of tuberculosis, however Māori make up about 45 percent of the roughly 60 locally born cases each year.

Last year, it killed one person and a further 167 ended up in hospital.

TB has no symptoms and is not contagious, but between 5 to 10 percent of people who have it will develop the disease.

International expert Philip Hill said that up to half of older Māori could carry the dormant TB infection without knowing it.

"Māori people, the more I speak to, very often will say my grandfather, my father or my uncle died of TB.

"If you are exposed to a TB case, there is a good chance that you will become infected.

"Most of the time you won't get sick from that. Only about 5-10 percent develop the disease, but that can occur over any time from then for the rest of your life."

The problem is that no one knows how many people carry the dormant infection.

TB can cause fevers, night sweats and weight loss. It is a bacterial infection that often attacks the lungs and causes patients to cough up blood.

It is treated with a six month course of antibiotics, but the dormant infection is much easier to treat.

Professor Hill is assessing the feasibility of a nationwide study to identify Māori with a dormant TB infection.

"My gut feeling is that we will probably find an increasing amount of latent TB infection with increasing age.

"I would expect that between 10 and 50 percent of older Māori above the age of 50 may well be infected - but that is a wide range estimate."

The Waikato District Health Board sees two to four patients with TB every month.

"It is not common but it is not rare," said Dr Nina Scott, the clinical director of Māori health.

"The disparities in TB are huge. This is not a disease of white people, it is a disease of colonisation. It is a disease of Māori and migrants."

In the 1800s New Zealand was advertised as a place to come and recover from TB, she said.

"A lot of the reasons why [Māori] were dying out was because of TB. We had no resistance to it and people were coming from all over the world bringing their TB.

"We need to find out what the underlying rate of latent TB is in the Māori population. We don't even know the basics, that's why we are doing this research."

New Zealand has a low overall rate of the disease - about 300 cases a year - with more than three quarters of them from overseas.

But Māori make up almost half of the 60 locally born patients. Last year, three young children got TB, and they were all Māori.

ESR's Jill Sherwood said we do well to identify active TB and to treat it, but our numbers have not come down in the past decade.

"People should be concerned and understand that there is a lot of TB infection around the world.

"We need to make some decisions about how much resource we have to address that issue to prevent new cases of TB disease."

ESR is releasing its latest TB report today.

Leigh-Marama McLachlan


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